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Praying mantis

Praying mantis
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Copyright: Jose Ramon Pato (JORAPAVI) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Best of TN by Glem, portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-24 5:34
Viewed: 6452
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
A praying mantis, or praying mantid, is the common name for an insect of the order Mantodea. Often mistakenly spelled preying mantis (a tempting mistake, as they are notoriously predatory) they are in fact named for the typical "prayer-like" stance. The word mantis derives from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller. The preferred pluralization is mantids,[1] though there is some usage of mantes or mantises.

Like all insects, a praying mantis has a head atop the body, an abdomen housing vital organs at the other end, and in between, the thorax. Mantids use their specialized forelegs to capture prey and can be found in a wide variety of colors, patterns, sizes, and shapes.

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Hello Jose, its a very nice shot technically great. good POV dice background and a great pose tfs rgds Necip

Que buena Jose.Yo estoy deseando pillar una aunque por el sur casi no hay

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-24 6:12]

Hi Jose

What a splendid shot of this mantis!
The pose in which you've captured it is simply fantastic and it's practically posing for you...like a model! :)
The DOF is purely impeccable...perfect! It kepps all the subject is full-focus and wit hrazor-sharp details while blurring the BG superbly!
The lighting is also great and due to that all the colors are lovely and very saturated!
All-in-all: a gorgeous result!

Bravo and TFS

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2007-04-24 6:24]

Wow, how did you make this for saying CHEEZ?

Buena luz, sobre todo en la parte alta y abdomen. La "pose" del insecto inmejorable y los detalles de la zarza oportunos. Gran fotografía.

Saludos: J. Ignasi

selam jose , excellent macro with nice sharpness, clear colours and details, good comp and POV at right moment TFS well done

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-24 7:52]

hi Jose,
waooooo, ça aussi c'est du grand art. Une image parfaite, couleurs et lumière extra.....superbe.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-24 7:56]

Hola José Ramón.
Buena pose, punto de vista, composición y fondo. La luz es perfecta.
Saludos, José M.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-24 8:00]

Hi Jose.
Fantastic picture by scene and quality. Mantis is downright coquette. Tremendous sharpness and details of the main subject, amazing smooth BG and composition. In a word, all is the best and BRAVO.

Superb shot Jose
Great pose
Excellent sharpness and composition
Well done

Hi Jose,
She's praying...:-)
Good macro; well composed and beautiful colours.

Hello Jose
Excellent shot of this Mantis,
Perfect details and lighting,
Great POV, Welldone.


Hello Jose,
A well composed macro shot of Praying Mantis with spot on focus and exquisite details on its typical body.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-24 12:33]

Hola José,
el calor parece que viene...
magnífica nitidez y detalles,
buena captura,

Hi Jose,
it's so impressive and beautiful, I wish I also could see such a mantis - never had this chance. I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hola Jose R.
Magnifico macro,la luz y la composicion son perfecta.
PD.Yo creo que la crisalida todavia puede salir.
Un saludo.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-25 2:28]

Hello Jose,
Excellent macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.TFS

c'est un insecte que je n'ai eu le plaisir de ne voir qu'une fois mais je ne desespere pas de retomber dessus un jour,en attendant merci pour ce partage.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-25 10:54]

Hi Jose,

Wonderful praying mantis! And a beautiful picture. You caught him in an excellent position. The details are so sharp we can see him so clearly.The colors are outstanding - the composition with the leaf is marvelous - so is the bg.

Out of smiles - tomorrow.


Hola Jose Ramon,
Una captura bella de este insecto tan interesante.
Sus caras siempre tienen una expresión especial, tal vez por sus ojos.
Saludos - Shir

Hola Jose Ramon.

Que buena esta foto de la amantis, yo nunca consegui retratar una pero tampoco ni habia visto una araña Napoleon hasta que vi una que publicaste y este domingo pasado no lo podia ceer cuando la tenia delante, otra cosa sera conseguir que la foto se pueda ver.

Jose Luis.

Hello Jose Ramon!
This is fantastic photo of Mantis religiosa female! I like natural but vivid and well saturated colours, greap DOF and details.
It really looks like a model who wanted to be photographed :)
Best regards,

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